The greatness within


By Patrick Achitabwino:

One inalienable fact with life is that all people are unique and are all destined for greatness. Most of the times, some people do not realise their greatness as they follow the destinies of others, thus eventually losing passion.

It is imperative to note that everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than us. They were people with weaknesses and not hearts of steel but what made them achieve was their ability to see their distinctive differences and soldier on despite setbacks encountered along the way.


Les Brown says you do not get in life what you want; you get in life what you are. One critical element we normally lose in life is the belief that we have the ability to do things that we cannot even begin to imagine.

What take us back from the promised land of success are doubts and sometimes how other people judge us and perceive us. And as we try to live in accordance with their vision, we lose sight of the elements that give us fulfilment.

The greatness we have in us comprises those small things that give us a sense of fulfilment every time we do them. If one feels fulfilment when cracking jokes, then certainly such a person has the greatness to become a world-class artist and move people’s jaws with laughter.


Success and greatness come to light whenever one develops whatever gives him or her a sense of fulfilment.

The greatness within us comes to people’s attention and recognition if we take the necessary steps never to give up. Les Brown teaches again: “Let us keep it real. If it was easy, everybody would do it.”

The critical factor to note in life is that it does not matter whatever happened to you. The only thing that matters is how you are going to do about it. As long as you wake up every morning, such is an opportunity to work on your greatness.

Consider the rags-to-riches life of a Korean reality TV star Choi Sung- Bong. He was left by his parents at an orphanage at the age of three; he ran away at the age of five as he was being bullied.

For the next ten years, he lived on the streets selling gums or energy drinks. He slept in a container box and on stairwells and in public toilets.

But it was such a young man with such a despicable underprivileged background that moved the audience and judges at the ‘Korea has talent’ reality show into tears.

Choi told them he liked music not because he enjoyed it but that when he sang, he felt like he was a different person. Choi points out: “There was only one thing that gave me comfort. It was music, not people.”

Choi realised that the greatness in him was his voice and that mattered most than the dayfly like life he was living. He scooped the second position at the reality show and that made him a world star and changed the fortunes of his life.

The world’s celebrated Nick Vujicic, the man without arms and legs, points out that who you are is valuable, whether you are rich or poor, beautiful or not, handsome or not. You are beautiful just the way you are.

He goes on to lecture that do not believe in the lies of the truth of your values to be devalued and that only you and you alone can be your greatest discourager.

To realise the greatness in us, we need to be thankful for what we have. We do not need to waste time complaining about what we do not have. We become what we are.

The greatness in us is well manifested in our ability to know that we cannot achieve until we try. We have to keep on trying more.

All innovations we marvel at today are as a result of countless trying, failing and trying again. The greatest point in life is that when you fail, try again.

In the words of Vujicic, failure equals education.

The greatness in us all is immeasurable and only awaits our realisation. More often than not, we have been suppressing our greatness as what others say about us has been pulling us back.

Never let someone’s opinion of you become your reality. You are great and only you can limit the furthest you can go in the pursuit of your dreams.

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